SmackDown’s season premiere kicked off with Triple H welcoming us to the ring. We even had a little QR code on HHH’s microphone.
The Bloodline was next and welcomed Logan Paul to his show before calling him to the ring.
Logan was booed before Paul Heyman mocked the Paul Brothers, referencing irrelevant people like Mr. T before saying Roman would destroy Logan at Crown Jewel.
Logan attempted to pit Jey Uso and Roman Reigns against each other by insinuating that Jey should be the true tribal leader. Jey yelled at Logan, but Roman glared at him, knocking him back.
Sami tried to clear things up and said Logan was the only culprit here before the segment ended, and we headed for a SmackDown break.
WWE SmackDown Results (October 7, 2022): Solo Sikoa vs. Ricochet
Solo got a big boot and sent Ricocjet to the outside before taking a big dive. Back in the ring, Ricochet took control and made some big moves before Solo was sent outside and kicked off the apron as he tried to come back.
Ricochet hit a Rana, knee and superkick before heading up and trying a 450 splash. Ricochet was caught in the air and planted with the Flying Solo before Sikoa took the win.
Result: Solo Sikoa defeats. Ricochet
Backstage on SmackDown, Jey Uso and Sami Zayn got into an argument when Roman Reigns told Sami that Jey was a hothead. Reigns told Sami it was his problem now, effectively calling him the leader of The Usos. Jey was not happy but accepted the situation.
Sami and The Usos met The New Day on the road and challenged them to a trio match on SmackDown.
Hit Row was making its entrance when the members were attacked by three guys in Lucha costumes and masks. Zelina Vega arrived with the group, and they eliminated B-Fab and the rest of Hit Row. The men were unmasked and found to be Santos Escobar and his crew, NXT’s The Legado Del Fantasma.
Shotzi & Raquel Rodriguez vs. Sonya Deville & Xia Li on SmackDown
Li distracted early on and allowed Sonya to take advantage against Shotzi in the ring. Deville nearly fell to a knee before Li arrived and obtained a modified Fisherman’s Buster.
Li and Sonya attempted a double team move, but Shotzi countered it. Raquel came out of the tag and hit a big Corkscrew Vader Bomb. Rodriguez followed up with the Texana Bomb on Sonya and picked up an easy win.
Result: Shotzi & Raquel Rodriguez defeat. Sonya Deville & Xia Li
Karrion Kross was making his SmackDown debut when Drew McIntyre showed up in the ring and beat him with a strap. Officials came out to stop the fight and Drew beat them.
Kross recovered while Drew was busy cleaning up the ring and beat Drew afterwards with the same strap. Drew was taken out and sent into the ring post a few times before Kross came out.
We saw a very cryptic promo from The Viking Raiders on SmackDown, and they said they were watching and biding their time.
The Bloodline vs. The New Day & Braun Strowman on SmackDown
Sami and Woods kicked off the game, and New Day sent The Usos outside and hit them with double dives as we headed for a break.
Back on SmackDown, The Usos defeated Kofi and isolated him in the ring as they hit him with double team moves.
Kofi came back with a knee and tagged Braun, who started tearing down the entire Bloodline. Jimmy was hit with big splashes and a Powerslam after Jey and Sami were knocked off the apron.
Jey and Sami started arguing at ringside instead of helping Jimmy but were wiped out by Braun. The New Day got the combined finisher on Jimmy forward and took the win.
Result: The New Day & Braun Strowman won. Bloodline on SmackDown
Max and Maxxine Dupri were backstage on SmackDown, and Mace and Mansoor were lying on the floor after being attacked. Max and Maxxine were arguing, and Max said he was done with MMM and their shenanigans, calling himself the one and only LA Knight.
Gunther (c) vs. Sheamus – Intercontinental Championship match on SmackDown
The match came out early and Sheamus sent the champion into the barricades before we headed for a break. We got another White Rabbit teaser during the break with an 8-bit bunny erased in a retro video game video with flashing text at the end, hinting at a reveal tomorrow night at Extreme Rules.
Back in the match, Gunther and Sheamus brawled, and the champ went head to head before hitting a huge suplex. Sheamus pulled Gunther off the ropes and hit the chops in the chest before getting the white noise for a near fall.
Gunther got up and hit a powerbomb for a near fall to himself. He hit a frog splash, but Sheamus still got kicked out! Sheamus blocked backbreaker Irish Curse in the Cloverleaf, but Gunther found the bottom rope.
A fight broke out on the outside, and the ref was distracted when Gunther hit Sheamus in the face with a shillelagh to counter the Brogue Kick before getting the pin.
Result: Gunther defeats. Sheamus will retain the Intercontinental Championship
SmackDown Episode Rating: B
We had a great first episode on SmackDown with the appearance of Triple H and a big title match. Drew McIntyre was taken down by Karrion Kross, while The Bloodlineg had internal issues.